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VCR side doesn't show video

DVD works fine, VCR does not. It only plays back the audio and will not show the video. Any idea why?

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  • jimcucci Feb 18, 2008

    It's a brand new unit!

  • jimcucci Feb 18, 2008

    This is a new unit, out of the box. The unit does not respond to the remote control when in VCR mode, other than to switch to DVD mode.

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It looks like the video heads need cleaning. You need to buy a VHS cleaning kit. If that does not work, you may have to do it manually. Be very careful if you do this yourself, as the improper procedure or to much pressure on the video head can damage it.
Here is some good info on the subject:
http://laserfaq.org/REPAIR/F_vcrfaq9.html#VCRFAQ_013
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_5_1/diy6vcrcleaning.html

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Hiya!

I'm noticing a lot of these combo players use an s-video connector for the DVD, but the VCR output can only use Composite video. Check the back of your player and make sure that the video-out from the vcr side is connected correctly. The cables from the vcr side should look like this (yellow is the video):

VCR side doesn't show video - abdc907.jpg

Good luck!

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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    Robert Swanson Feb 18, 2008

    A little more detail on this issue:

    Please take a look at the attached photo (ignore the little black box at the bottom).



    This may not be exactly what yours looks like, but I'll be it's similar enough. Note that the S-Video out is only for the DVD side, but the white/red composite audio connections work for both. This will explain why you get audio with your vcr but not video, if that yellow composite video cable isn't connected up from the vcr side. It's no surprise at all that folks are having issues with this, it's a really silly way for them to design the hook-ups.

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Hi,

There is the possibility that your TV is on video mute. This happens when some TV senses that there is no intelligent video signal coming in to its input.

Reasons for this maybe due to:
1. dirty video heads of the VCR;
2. defective video cable from the VCR to the TV's Video INput (normally a yellow RCA);
3. internal fault of the source selection of the TV.

Of the above, chances are that it is a case of dirty video heads which then can be corrected by a tapehead cleaner.

If your concern has not been corrected after completion of the above procedures, you may need to check the RCA cables from the VCR to the TV or seek the services of a professional.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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    Louie Role Feb 18, 2008

    Hi again,

    My initial response was based on your first posting "DVD..fine, VCR ..plays..audio..not..video."

    Your latest post "unit..not respond..remote control when..VCR ..other..switch to DVD mode" is an entirely different concern.

    With respect to no response to remote commands when in VCR mode, pls try to reset the unit, that is unplug from the mains for a couple of hours. In some instances some versions would not switch to VCR (or any of its function) if there is no tape loaded correctly inside.

    Should you need a copy of the owners manual, it may be downloaded here.

    Incidentally, there have been numerous issues with this particular model being manufactured in China by Funai Electric Company Ltd. If all else fails, perhaps it would be to your advantage to return the unit for a replacement.

    Good luck again.

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